We can help you identify and remove asthma triggers in your home.

Air quality in your home

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Asthma triggers

The air quality in your home can trigger an asthma attack in people who live with the condition. Contributing factors include:

  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Pests like cockroaches or mice
  • Pollen

Health risks

People who have asthma attacks have difficulty breathing. In extreme cases, this can be fatal.

How we can help

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Our Healthy Home Specialists do free inspections for families with children under the age of 21 to:

  • Identify sources of asthma triggers in your home
  • Reduce asthma triggers
  • Help children stay healthy and in school

Request a free inspection


We deliver free products, including:

  • HEPA air cleaners
  • Vacuums
  • Allergen pillows
  • Mattress covers

North and Northeast Minneapolis residents

Families with children under 21 may be eligible for additional services such as:

  • A $50 check for in-home lead education
  • A $100 check for attending A Breath of Fresh Air asthma educational event.
  • Pest control for mice or cockroaches

Additional resources may be available. Contact us for details

Why we have these resources

The City received funding from a lawsuit for air quality permit violations. The permit violations affected neighborhoods in North and Northeast Minneapolis. 

The funding is for:

  • Asthma triggers education and mitigation 
  • Lead hazard education
  • Testing for lead levels in children

Asthma Program

Free asthma inhaler spacers delivered to Minneapolis Schools

Our asthma team is helping children across Minneapolis.

We've delivered more than 160 asthma inhaler spacers to 13 Minneapolis schools.

The medicine in an inhaler releases quickly, making it difficult to properly inhale all of the medicine. The spacer makes it easier to get all the medication into the lungs. 

Free asthma help for families

The Minneapolis Health Department offers a free asthma program, which includes:

  • A home assessment
  • Asthma trigger education
  • Free services and products, like air purifiers

If you have a child (0- 21-years-old) with asthma, email the Health Department or call 612-673-2301 for more information. 

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If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Contact us

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415